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Cook in the Moment: Shrimp Madras Curry with Raita

This week the husband and I celebrated our birthdays – mine on July 10th, and his on July 11th. The two birthdays meld into one big birthday, and it’s great fun to share the festivities with my best friend. He was born and raised in Ireland, and each year...

10 Ways Tuesday: Cucumber

I’ve got creative recipes for cooking with cucumbers during summer: 1.  Chilled Cucumber Soup Chilled Cucumber Soup makes for the perfect amuse-bouche for a party on a hot summer night. Serve this appetizer in tiny espresso cups as an elegant and refreshing...

Ingredient of the Week: Cucumber

“Cool as a cucumber” sounds pretty good right about now, as we approach the hottest days of summer. Cucumbers don’t inspire deep thoughts, which is just fine, since summer heat and an abundance of produce means we would rather be on the patio than...

Cook in the Moment: Apricot Frangipane Tart

My favorite part of a meal shared with friends is that magical moment when the dinner plates have been cleared and the table is littered with empty wine bottles and wrinkled cloth napkins. It’s time for dessert! The husband makes a round of coffees and I dig up...

10 Ways Tuesday: Apricot

I’ve got creative recipes for cooking with apricots during summer: 1.  Caramelized Apricots A few seconds under the broiler results in luscious, juicy apricots- unbelievably good! Cut apricots in half and remove the pits, then place on a baking sheet, cut sides...